Way­point: Hors­ing around

Outdoor Life - - CONTENTS - —N.K.

Some peo­ple hate horses, some like them just fine, and some love them. Oc­ca­sion­ally, though, you’ll meet a true horse whis­perer, as pho­tog­ra­pher Du­san Smetana did when he first wit­nessed a gau­cho by the name of Pas­cual Yan­can- queo wran­gling horses on a hunt in Ar­gentina. Yan­can­queo spoke no English and Smetana doesn’t speak Span­ish or Ma­puche, Pas­cual’s na­tive lan­guage, but sev­eral things were ap­par­ent. The cow­boy is ag­ile—“like a moun­tain lion”—and he has no fear around horses. The ca­bal­los in his care re­pay him with their hard work, af­fec­tion, and, in this case es­pe­cially, their trust.

For more on hunt­ing red stag from horse­back in Ar­gentina, turn to our fea­ture on p. 88.


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